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5th CIM -Creativity and Innovation Management- Community Workshop

I had the opportunity to present the paper “Design of Vision Concepts to explore the future: nature, context and design techniques” during the 5th CIM -Creativity and Innovation Management- Community Workshop, which was held in the campus of the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands on 1 September 2015.

Here the video of Teresa Amabile from Harvard Business School who welcomes the participants of the workshop.


More information about the event here

Javier Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento

Official report of the “Design Policy Conference, make a plan”

Report of the “Design Policy Conference, make a plan”, 17 & 18 October, 2014, Cape Town, South Africa. http://wdcdesignpolicyconf2014.com/

In 1994, a research project was instituted in Colombia to study design policies and approaches. The study revealed that 97% of businesses were small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Only 5% of these had a body in place to implement design in their business, and just 2% had funds to invest in design. Believing that designers need to understand the user, and build a bridge between the user and the designer to design workable products and services, there was a need for design, academia and SMEs to lead and catalyse the process of implementing design in business.

A systematic way was needed to apply design to SMEs: design is not only operational – it must be strategic, too. With this understanding, the design policy comprised three steps: knowledge transfer about design through handbooks, manuals, diagnostic tools and workshops to explain the value of design; viewing and promoting successful case studies of local design; and hosting an international co-creation roundtable and other events to ask what the policy should contain.

(Text from the official report of the “Design Policy Conference, make a plan”, 17 & 18 October, 2014, Cape Town, South Africa).


National Design Programm / Presentation in Cape Town World Design Capital from Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento

The full original document: Design-Policy-Conference-Report

Javier Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento

Strategic PES: Product-Experience-Service, a visual tool to support SMEs through service-dominant logic

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Mejia Sarmiento, J. R., & Parra, J.

The National Design Program, as part of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism of Colombia, promotes “design as an innovation driver for SMEs. The program develops projects, workshops, and provides information in this field within three strategic lines: knowledge transfer, promoting successful cases, and public policies.” The Strategic PES tool, presented in this paper, was developed within the first line to tackle design-driven innovation projects. It has been applied in several workshops and subsequently as part of the Integral Design Tutoring Project.

Keywords: SMEs, Visual thinking, Service-dominant logic.

Read the full paper here.

Cited (APA) as: Mejia Sarmiento, J. R., & Parra, J. (2014). Strategic PES: Product-Experience-Service, a visual tool to support SMEs through service-dominant logic. Touchpoint, The Journal of Service Design, 6(3), 80–85.

Touchpoint Vol. 6 No. 3 – Blurring Boundaries

Service design has gained considerable recognition in recent years, and as a result, there is less “navel gazing” than in its formative years. Kerry Bodine – a regular contributor to Touchpoint – describes service design as encompassing the behind-the-scenes activities that enable companies to deliver customer-oriented services. And with the breadth of these activities continually increasing, service design finds itself working alongside (and influencing) various other disciplines. In the Feature section, service designers share their stories in how their practice is evolving in new and exciting ways. Because when service designers cross paths with practices such as UX design, CX, Lean and Agile, each discipline is strengthened.

Read more about the journal here.

Javier Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento

Speaker, facilitator and exhibitor about design + innovation

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Presentations, workshops and exhibitions about design and innovation at over 50 locations around the world

/// SPEAKER (more information about my presentations here: http://jrms.pktweb.com/?cat=54)

/// WORKSHOP FACILITATOR (more information about my workshops here: http://jrms.pktweb.com/?cat=36)

  • 2016 Barcelona, Spain. Design for EnterprisesBogota, Colombia. II Encuentro Javeriano de Arte y Creatividad.
  • 2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Argentina.
  • 2014 and before. Over 46 cities around Colombia. Facilitator of 79 Design and Innovation Workshops for Business Competitiveness. These workshops were attended by 4123 SMEs, 6129 citizens.
    • 2011: 17 workshops = 509 enterprises / 568 citizens / 10 cities (Cali, Palmira, Soacha, Barranquilla, Bogota, Duitama, Bucaramanga, Villavicencio, Medellin, and Dosquebradas)
    • 2012: 38 workshops  = 2336 enterprises / 3714 citizens / 29 cities (Armenia, Barranquilla, Bogota, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cucuta, Dos Quebradas, Duitama, Girardot, Ibague, Manizales, Medellin, Monteria, Neiva, Palmira, Pasto, Pereira, Popayan, Riohacha, Santa Marta, Sibate, Soacha, Tulua, Tunja, Valledupar, Villavicencio, Villeta, y Yopal)
    • 2013: 24 workshops = 1278 enterprises / 1847 citizens / 24 cities (Bogota, Duitama, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cucuta, Don Matias, Itagüi, Ibague, Leticia, Manizales, Medellin, Neiva, Palmira, Pasto, Pereira, Popayan, Quibdo, Riohacha, San Andres, Santa Marta, Valledupar, Villavicencio)

/// EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS (more information about events and exhibitions of my work here: http://jrms.pktweb.com/?cat=49)

  • 2016 Delft, The Netherlands. Ph.D. Day Prototype Exhibition, TUDelft.
  • 2009 Eindhoven, Nl. Dutch Design Week.
  • 2008 Delft, The Netherlands. ExhibitionFormstudy, TUDelft.
  • 2005 Ibague, Colombia. Salon Departamental de Arte.
  • 2004 Bogota, Colombia. Kassani, Expodiseño y Expoconstruccion.
  • 2003 Bogota, Colombia. 7mo Salón de Diseño Industrial.
  • 2002 Bogota, Colombia. Museo de Arte Moderno Bogota.

Integral Design Tutoring Model as a Knowledge Transfer Strategy for SMEs in Colombia

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Mejia Sarmiento, J. R., Jimenez, J. E., & Chavarria, D.

Colombia has been transformed into the third country with the best business environment in L.A.; however, investment in Research, Development, and Innovation is only 0,2% of the Gross Domestic Product. Taking into account that 98% of the Colombian enterprises are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), from which 5% invest only 2% of its annual budget in design, the National Industrial Design Program (MinCIT) saw the need to develop the Integral Design Tutoring Model. The model makes a bet for empathy and emotional intimacy as tools to transfer the necessary knowledge so that the local businessperson develops an innovation culture based on design thinking. To test the model, the Integral Design Tutoring Project was developed as a pilot. This four months project allowed an interdisciplinary team, conducted by designers, to accompany twenty SMEs. Through a process developed in three stages it was possible to prove that, through empathy and emotional intimacy, one can achieve knowledge transfer to business people and their organizations in an effective, efficient and fruitful way. This knowledge transfer allows the enterprise to develop human-centered design processes in a systematic, independent and autonomous way.